About Joanna and the Agitators

Joanna and the Agitators is dedicated to upending the status quo through live dance performance, movement education, and improvisation.


I make dances and I teach dance classes.

Both are built on noticing the breath — the inhale, the exhale, and the gaps in between.

I’m curious about what emerges from that noticing.

I’m curious too about stripping away notions of what dance is and starting from a place of not knowing anything.

The work I do…it’s not for everyone.

It is not dancey dancey or spectacular, or even graceful.

There are no pretty lines.


It’s about expressing what is true, essential, and urgent.

It’s about remembering what it means to be an animal in a human form.

It’s about agitating for freedom, both inside the body, and out.

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